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Groups unite for PCMH

From the June ACP Observer, copyright 2007 by the American College of Physicians.

The College last month joined with major U.S. employers and other large physician groups to form a Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, a forum for employers, physicians and consumers to work together on advancing the patient-centered medical home.

Members of the Collaborative agree that the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) will improve the health of patients and the health care delivery system, and that it must be accompanied by a better model of compensating physicians. Compensation under the PCMH would incorporate enhanced access and communications; improve coordination of care; expand administrative and quality innovations; and promote active patient and family involvement.

To date, the collaborative represents companies, such as IBM and General Motors, that collectively employ over 50 million people; medical groups representing 330,000 physicians and medical students engaged in primary care; and more than 1,000 Federally Qualified Health Centers that serve 16 million people.

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